Thursday, April 20, 2006

Lake Burien Park

Lake Burien Park isn't on a lake. The lake is several blocks away with no public access which is no big loss since Puget Sound is close by and the lake isn't much of anything more than a glorified pond.

On my way back from my walk I stopped at this little postage stamp park and hauled out the camera. Spotted this tree in a neighboring back yard and wondered how I was going to get it with the light which wasn't bright. The sun was visible through the overcast as a bright area in the middle of the clouds giving a very soft but directional source which is great for portraits of young women but a little flat for other subjects like trees.

Tried to violate some of the laws of physics on this one. 300mm shot hand held at 1/200th with the lens wide open at f4.5. The result was softness over all but the extremely out of focus foreground gives an illusion of sharpness to the subject.


revdrron said...

At first blush the foreground in this photo looks like background… Theologically, I’m reminded of how my background in faith often appears as my foreground in hope…albeit, a little fuzzy. For example, in Colossians 3.1-4 I see first who and what I am in Christ (my new root in reality). And next, I am drawn forward to what I will be in Christ. "When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."

enjoy, ron

C. Stirling Bartholomew said...


"At first blush the foreground in this photo looks like background…"

I had exactly the same visual response.


C. Stirling Bartholomew said...

RE: the out of focus foreground appearing to be background

I think this is a resopose linked to airial perspective. We expect things in the distance to be soft but not things up close.